Dali is one of the most popular spots for China travelers and hugely popular with those working, teaching and studying in China. Forty minutes by plane or four to five hours by bus from Kunming, Dali is the perfect place to relax.
Dali is the capital city of the Dali Prefecture. It consists of Dali New City (Xiàguān) and Dali Old Town (Gǔchéng) and 11 other cities, among which are Weishan, Yangbi, Yuanlong, and Yongpin. The Old Town has a population of 40,000 and the entire Dali Prefecture around three million people and an area over 10,000 sq km.
With the beautiful Cangshan Mountains a short distance west of Dali Old Town and Erhai Lake a few kilometers to the east, it has a perfect natural setting. The climate is temperate with moderate summers and mild winters, though it can get rather windy in autumn and winter.